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OCA Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry

The OCA Department of Youth Young Adult and Campus Ministry produces and distributes official statements and news releases of the Orthodox Church in America, maintains relations with the media, responds to requests for information of a general and specific nature, and oversees the content and functioning of the Orthodox Church in America’s website.  

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“Sex ed in seminaries?”

Read a Jan. 8, 2009, essay that attempts to find the line between teaching church doctrine and preparing ministers to help their congregations.

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“Seminaries and sex”

Read and watch a March 5, 2010, conversation between professors at seminary schools about their teachings on sexual preference and gender identity.

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Laura Simmons

Laura Simmons is an associate professor of Christian ministries at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Newburg, Ore. One of her areas of expertise is seminary education.

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Naomi Sheindel Seidman

Naomi Sheindel Seidman is a professor of Jewish culture at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. She has written about Judaism and gender and Judaism and sexuality and is an expert in queer studies.

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Julie Hayden

Julie Hayden teaches a course at Southern California Seminary, an evangelical school in El Cajon, titled “Ethics of Sexual Care and Human Sexuality.”

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